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July 2012

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July was the month Lloyd made HUGE strides with his friendship skills.

He continues to have fun with his brother as Henry grows into a more engaging playmate. They love to play “catch” together with a ball, and they definitely love to wrestle.

 

Caught playing together

Lloyd reading to Henry

 

Lloyd enjoying a special Fourth of July snack.

I first witnessed a big change in how Lloyd interacts with kids close to his age when he was playing with Libby – a frequent playdate buddy who’s just a month younger than Lloyd.  They started playing lions together, and now are perfectly happy playing together alone in a room.  Listening to their conversations is very heartwarming, as Lloyd has been so reluctant to play with other children.

That time with Libby really helped Lloyd be a more sociable friend when we had a couple of visits with Irene (a 2-year-old dear friend who came to stay over for a weekend with her parents Dustin and Metta) and Kylie (our 2-year-old niece who stayed at my parents’ house for a week with Caitlin and Reggie).   These girls are very social and Lloyd had been so skittish in the past.  The fact that the ladies have developed larger vocabularies and Lloyd’s turning of a new leaf lead to really nice visits.

 

Lloyd with Irene

Kylie and Lloyd

And Lloyd has absolutely LOVED playing with his “cousin” Logan over at Pa’s house.  They run around in the backyard and laugh.  I know those two will have a fun-filled future together.

So I’m very hopeful that these skills help Lloyd come out of his shell even more as he starts preschool again.  Lloyd’s been attending the school’s “summer camps” two mornings a week and will start going three mornings a week when the school year formally begins in September.

More Lloyd anecdotes HERE.

Lloyd wearing Olympic Medals

Henry is a caveman!  He is very active and physical – hence the lack of still photos.  However, I have made a couple of short movies of the dude in action:

Here he is playing hide and seek. He’s covering his “eyes” and “saying” “1,2,3, READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!”

Here he is playing Bouncy Baby. He’s wearing his Underpants Hat of Shame, which I make him don when he is being a stinker who won’t nap.

Here he is clogging. At the dishwasher he’s pointing to the letters (he thinks every one is the letter M), and then he shows us his Henry dance.

Of course, Henry is extremely lovely.  Although stubborn about napping, he generally has a very sweet demeanor and is very quick to warm with strangers.

Henry loves to sit on trucks and to hold his blanket.

Henry is taking over Lloyd’s love for dinosaurs, as Lloyd’s interests have migrated more towards animals – Lions, specifically.  Lloyd loves to play with his stuffed animals and often has them attend picnics in a jungle (or – getting into piles on a blanket).

As for the adults, Greg finished a huge remodeling project he was doing for work with the University of Michigan.   I conquered investment banking earnings reports and made a couple of commissioned quilts.   Greg and I happily celebrated our 10-year dating anniversary and are looking forward to an upcoming trip to Traverse City to celebrate 5-years of marriage.

Sorry for the grainy pics.  I haven’t had the digital camera close by, so have often resorted to my iPad for quick shots.

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